May 13, 2016 at 2:34 pm #3703
Seems no one else had. I’d like to be the first to welcome everyone to our new forum.
Also to mention Cam, All Hail Cameron the creator. Thanks for hosting and setting this up.
And Lastly if we all introduce ourselves here, hopefully soon (once to google rankings are higher) any new members will be able to do the same.May 15, 2016 at 11:22 am #3704WozParticipant
Yes, excellent work Cameron. It’s good to be back 🙂May 17, 2016 at 12:34 pm #3705Phill WoodModerator
YAYAYAYAAY… I’m BAAAAAAAAACCCKK.May 18, 2016 at 7:49 pm #3710Gl0ckageKeymaster
Hey all, Had no damn internet still don’t haha.
Hopefully can iron out all the kinks.May 31, 2016 at 4:05 pm #3731SteveParticipant
Yes I’m here.February 2, 2017 at 5:47 pm #3743chelskitelParticipant
Hello all made it.February 3, 2017 at 11:11 am #3746
Excellent ! If you have any old pictures of work you did on your GS500 and dont mind re writing a write up it would be great to add to the forum. New members are joining but I guess put off from the lack of content.February 16, 2017 at 9:39 pm #3751TimboParticipant
Hi all nice to see some new names
Looking forward to see some new and old faces this year
Keep on ridingFebruary 26, 2017 at 5:40 pm #3753the_63Member
Been on GSTwins for a while. Currently at uni in Norwich.
May 2, 2017 at 9:23 pm #3768gstamParticipant
- This reply was modified 6 months, 3 weeks ago by the_63.
Just saying hello -yes I’ve still got the same gs500.
Since back in the misty days before my ownership of it, it has had one non-matching engine case: on the left hand side it is black, on the right hand side it’s silver/metal. Thought I’d give the black engine case a spray of silver stuff, not necessarily heat-resistant or anything. While I can spray around them, the engine bars are in the way. Engine bars held on at the front by the dreaded through-bolt of the front engine-mount.
My days of smugly never having had to tackle this bolt so far are at an end. The two other mounts came out fine, the lower with just the gentlest of persuasion.
The nut came off the front engine mount relatively easily (two grunts), but with it off of course it wouldn’t budge through to the other side, nor would it turn with a socket on the bolt head. Wire brushing, Plus-Gas, heating the ally part feebly with a little pencil-sized soldering-iron/blowtorch, some hefty whacks with a steel bar sliding in a bit of copper pipe slipped over the exposed threads, getting the engine very hot, all haven’t helped much either. I thought it turned once, when applying a socket to the bolt head, but it was just the socket slipping on the now-worn 14mm head. The secret weapon – the Impact-driver – wasn’t much help either.
It can all still go back together and I haven’t broken anything yet, but I could not have experienced the full GS500 without once tackling this issue. Angle Grinder is available, but I’m still looking for non-destructive methods, including long slow periodic dousing with potions, fully expecting however to replace the through bolt, and the spacers, if I ever do get the blasted thing out.
This is probably displacement activity, there’s plenty more important things needing done NOW and not just with the bike.
Pictures always help, incase anyone has forgotten what a gs500 looks like:
Here’s the left side with black stator cover and silver sprocket cover:
and for comparision the all-silver right hand side:
I don’t think this bolt is coming out, might just paint around the engine bars, or see how easily the black finish wants to come off back to bare metal, possibly preferable to paint, but again the engine bars get in the way unless they and the front-top engine mount comes off. I might try taking the engine weight (if any) off the bolt, later today. Should be riding this decent-ish weather not fettling.
thomasMay 4, 2017 at 7:57 pm #3773
Welcome new people 😀
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